After more than a month of negotiations, it looks like Carlos Valdes is headed back to Philly.
On Sunday, the Union issued a press release that the team will hold a press conference Monday at noon to make a player announcement — which came on the heels of ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reporting on Twitter that “Carlos Valdes will be introduced [by the Union] in next 24/48 hours.” A source confirmed that Monday’s announcement would be for Valdes.
Valdes will immediately offer stability to the Union’s backline, which has been in flux for much of the season. The 29-year-old Colombian center back starred for the Union in 2011 and 2012, before being sent away on loan to boost his World Cup chances — first to Colombia’s Santa Fe and then to Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
Valdes ended up making Colombia’s World Cup roster, starting one game for one of the tournament’s most surprising teams in Brazil.
Even before Colombia was eliminated from the World Cup, interim manager Jim Curtin expressed his desire to bring Valdes back early from his loan stint, which was set to expire at the end of the calendar year. At the time, Curtin noted the Union made a long-term offer to Valdes that would “make him one of the top-paid center backs in the league.”
About two weeks later, reports out of South America surfaced that Valdes did not report to San Lorenzo’s camp following his World Cup stint, with Valdes tweeting he was owed money by the Argentine club.
Since then, the Union have stayed relatively mum about the potential reunion, telling reporters as recently as Wednesday that there were no updates to report.
But it looks like the team now finally has their man — again.